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Comment Re:Yeah. (Score 1) 300

That's interesting, I don't have many memories of being forced to play team sports. I do remember a lot of individual running, jungle gym type stuff when I was younger, and chip ups when older. Occasionally we would play some "Chinese wall" game or something, but only do I remember dodge ball or basketball being mandatory like once each in my entire academic career in public school. Perhaps being forced to play team sports instead of more personal physical activity is the cause of many people's hate of P.E./sports (which would seem like two separate categories).

Comment Re:school sport (Score 1) 300

Similarly the sporty kids played more sport during their free time.

Which one of those was more valuable during later life is a judgement for the reader....

I think he's talking about mandatory P.E. You had to be at least trying where I went to school, and I also think I turned out better for it. You couldn't be walking around with a Coding in Java book during P.E. where I went to school(s).

Comment Re:This is why... (Score 1) 345

You exaggerate and miss the point. Forgetting joe blow for a second, a *mechanic* can't save these things/it isn't economically feasible to much sooner than the cars of 15-20 years ago because of the attitude of 'screw maintainability'. Spare us on how hard cars were to use back in the day, a 95 civic wasn't much less reliable than today's, it had EFI not carbs, and yet it was much easier to work on and diagnose than either a new honda or worse yet a new VW or Audi (just random examples, Ford is guilty too). Another anti consumer behavior is disallowing the sale of aftermarket components so you have to pay the dealerships extortionist prices.

Comment Re:Product Liability (Score 2) 345

Really? When was the last time someone won a case against an auto manufacturer over something that was inappropriately serviced? They have the money to pay experts to find out what really happened, it's just easier/cheaper to settle in most cases apparently. Appropriate warnings have got to have legal weight as well. The reason they want you to to not repair your old stuff is because they make money when you buy new stuff.

Comment Re:This is why... (Score 2) 345

Very few do major work on new cars because they are all under warranty *eye roll*. I worked at an auto parts store, and have done quite a few repairs and part replacements. Yes, cars started becoming more of a hassle to work on during the 90s and through the 00s. This is fairly well known stuff, you make it seem like car companies haven't been openly against people working on their cars these days. There was a story on it on /. within the last year, probably the last 6 months.

Comment Re:Unibody? (Score 3, Informative) 345

Cars have become much harder to work on over the last 2 decades. At first, before that, during the muscle car era, things were simpler and there was a lot more room under the hood to work and see. Then things became compact, lighter, more efficient (and complex). Makes sense. Got a little harder to work on, and definitely harder to learn, but we got really efficient cars. But recently, with the increased electronification of cars, the automakers have been fighting in court to prevent reverse engineering their software. The thing is, what is done by software is a list that gets bigger all the time. So, yes, people who work on cars a lot have been feeling the lack of love for a while. A lot of these cars that are coming out now will have a lot of broken gadgets and other irreparable systems possibly leading to an early trip to the metal scrappers. The auto makers want you to buy new, the aging American fleet concerns them for obvious reasons.

Comment I always figured (Score 1, Insightful) 220

Since the 'TSA Approved' luggage locks came out, I always assumed they had had backdoor access of some sort. I mean, what else would that seal/approval even mean? It's important to note that most luggage locks look like a good whack or the flimsiest of bolt cutters would be their end, but having a master key lets them snoop on your luggage without leaving nearly as much trail. Good that its now out in the open completely for those who couldn't read between the lines. And no I'm not some grand conspiracy theorist, I just couldn't fathom why else we suddenly needed 'TSA Approved' locks to fly with.

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